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Chemical peels are techniques used to improve the appearance of the skin on the face, neck or hands. A chemical solution is applied to the skin that causes it to exfoliate and eventually peel off. The new, regenerated skin is usually smoother and less wrinkled than the old skin.
Chemical peels are used to treat wrinkles, skin discoloration, acne and scars — typically on the face. Chemical peels can be done at different depths — light, medium or deep — depending on your desired results. Each type of chemical peel uses a different chemical solution. Deeper chemical peels produce more-dramatic results, but also involve longer recovery times.
Chemical Peel Details.
What are Chemical Peels?
A chemical peel is a skin-resurfacing procedure in which a chemical solution is applied to the skin to remove the top layers. The skin that grows back after a chemical peel is smoother and younger looking. It can be used to treat many skin issues like acne, fine lines, wrinkles and hyperpigmentation. A form of chemical exfoliation, a peel allows your skin to shed off a layer, making room for new, healthier skin.
Chemical peels are typically used on the face to treat wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, acne and scars. Chemical peels are also popular to treat acne and scarring from the back. A chemical peel can be done alone or in combination with other cosmetic procedures. Chemical peels can be done at different depths — light, medium or deep — depending on your desired results. Each type of chemical peel uses a different chemical solution. Deeper chemical peels produce more-dramatic results, but also involve longer recovery times.
How long is the procedure?
What type of chemical peels should I use?
Your medical professional will recommend a specific type of peel based on your age, the color of your skin and overall skin condition. Chemical peels are not one-size-fits-all, and it must be very specific to the patient’s needs.
Through VI Aesthetics, we can customize a personalized peel with the following products:
- VI Peel – Tone & Texture
- VI Peel Purify – Acne
- VI Peel Purify Precision Plus – Acne & Scars
- VI Peel Precision Plus – Hyperpigmentation
- VI Peel Precision – Fine Lines & Wrinkles
What happens during the chemical peel treatment?
Procedures may vary dependent on the type of chemical peel chosen. Skin is prepped using a medical degreaser to ensure the treated area is free of any oils left on the skin. The chemical agent is then applied and typically remains on the skin for 3 to 5 minutes. Most patients feel a mild stinging which is temporary and usually subsides after a few minutes. Depending upon the target goals, the practitioner will make multiple passes (usually 4-5) across the skin to achieve desired results.
What do I get with the procedure?
Our trained medical professionals will provide a consultation, address any questions/concerns and formulate a treatment plan based on your desired outcomes.
Per session, our practitioner will utilize a vial to perform the chemical passes upon the skin. We will apply in-office products to help protect and heal the skin post-procedure, and will provide the following take-home products for post-op care:
- Cleanser (8.0 oz)
- Advanced Firming Lotion (2.0 oz)
- Intense Hydration Serum (2.0 oz)
- SPF 50+ Sunscreen (2.0 oz)
Additional products are also available for post-procedure care.
What should I expect after treatment and what is the downtime?
After a chemical peel, treated skin will be red, dry and mildly irritated — although these effects might be less noticeable with each repeat treatment. Protective ointment and hydrating skin products will be applied to the treated area to sooth any irritation. The skin will begin peeling and usually lasts 3-5 days, depending on the actual peel treatment.
Recovery times will vary based on the type and strength of the peel. Any visible peeling will be light and fluffy and easily controlled with moisturizer immediately after treatment. Use of gentle cleanser, moisturizer and sunscreen is important, as it will enhance the healing process and results. Normal activity may be resumed after the peel, however strenuous exercise and heavy sweating should be avoided for 2-3 days.
Sun exposure should be avoided while skin is peeling; exposure of treated skin to a lot of heat should also be avoided as it may induce swelling, redness and for deeper peels blisters under the skin. Peeling skin should be allowed to slough off naturally; picking or peeling of flaking skin is prohibited, as it may lead to scarring. Use of prescription topicals should be avoided for 3-5 days post peel.
How often should I get the procedure?
It is recommended to get a mild peel every month for 3 months in order to achieve desired results, with more significant peels being used as occasional maintenance or when problems come up. As you age you’ll continue to acquire lines by squinting and smiling. New sun damage also can reverse your results and cause changes in your skin color. Consult with your medical practitioner on the best treatment plan and schedule to meet your needs.
Who are the best candidates for chemical peels?
The most common candidate for a chemical peel is a person with sun-damaged skin, uneven pigmentation, and/or actinic keratoses. Sun damage results in fine wrinkling, skin thinning, sun spots (liver spots or solar lentigines), and very early precursor to skin cancers called actinic keratoses. Skin peels may also be used to treat acne scarring.
Individuals with darkly pigmented skin should be very cautious about having chemical peels. This is because there is a significant chance that the pigmentation of the newly healed skin will be substantially different from their current skin color.
What are the health risks and side effects?
Common side effects are temporary, and include redness, dryness, stinging or burning, and slight swelling. With deep peels, you may permanently lose the ability to tan.
Chemical peels can, however, have more serious risks and dangerous side effects that can be permanent. These include:
- Darkening or lightening of the skin color. These can be more common in people with darker skin.
- Scarring. This can be permanent.
- Infections. People with herpes simplex may experience flares following a treatment. Very rarely, chemical peels can cause fungal or bacterial infections.
- Heart, liver, or kidney damage. The phenol used in deep peels can actually damage the heart muscle, kidneys, and liver, and cause irregular heartbeats.